Saint Sarah, also known as Sara-la-Kali ("Sara the Black", Romani: Sara e Kali), is the mythic patron saint of the Roma (Gypsy) people. The center of her veneration is Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a place of pilgrimage for Roma in the Camargue, in southern France. Legend identifies her as the servant of one of the Three Marys, with whom she is supposed to have arrived in the Camargue.
In popular culture
Some authors, taking up themes from the pseudohistorical book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, suggest that Sarah was the daughter of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. These ideas were popularized by Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and is also the main plot in Eron Manusov's novel Ahavah's Dream. The story of Sarah as daughter of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene also plays a part in The Maeve Chronicles by Elizabeth Cunningham, and figures prominently in the last two novels of this series, Bright Dark Madonna and Red-Robed Priestess. These speculations have been rejected by the local inhabitants.
"My own story of Mary Magdalene and little Sarah, published as a prologue in "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar," is fiction. I deliberately wrote fiction because I have no hard evidence about the existence of "Sarah" --only a strong intuition that a child of Jesus survived. I told a story of Mary Magdalene fleeing to Egypt after the Crucifixion because the strong "Gnostic" tradition of Magdalene as "the Beloved" comes from there, found hidden in the codices of the Nag Hammadi library. Even if she didn't herself go to Egypt, her "myth" was there.
"And when I discovered that medieval legend insists that there was a "dark child" on the boat, a child who is called "Sarah, the Egyptian," I speculated that she might be the daughter of Magdalene for several reasons deeply rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures. She might be symbolically "dark" for reasons associated with the "hidden" bloodline of the princes of Judah, whose appearance, described as "brighter than snow and whiter than milk," is now "blacker than soot, they are unrecognized on the streets" (Lamentations 4). "Sarah" means "princess" in Hebrew.
"A second prophetic Scripture dear to the hearts of the people of Israel would likewise be fulfilled in her: "Out of Egypt I called my child" (Hosea 11:1). Perhaps the child Sarah was called "the Egyptian" by virtue of the fact that she was actually born in Egypt. But in stating this, I realize that I could be talking about people who "coined the myth" rather than any physical reality of an actual "flesh and blood" child of the union of Magdalene and Christ.""Mary Magdalene: The Beloved" by Margaret Starbird © 1999